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Portobello Public Art Talks

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'Octagon Upon Octagon' performance, Tramway Glasgow, 2008

In the run up to next year's activities Big Things is organizing a series of artists talks. The first talk is by Ruth Barker, artist and web editor for Public Art Resource + Research Scotland. At the launch Damian Killeen, chair of Big Things on the Beach, will give a brief update on plans for future public art activities in Portobello.


Date: Thursday 4 December 2008, 7.30 – 9.00pm

Venue: Indoor Bowling and Leisure Centre – upstairs café/bar (accessible; bar available) - Promenade @ the bottom of Westbank Street (map)

Speaker: Ruth Barker, artist and web editor for the Public Art Resource + Research Scotland (PAR+RS)

Topic: An overview of public art practice in Scotland - its past, its present, and the possibilities for its future. Ruth will also speak about her own work and introduce PAR+RS and how it can be used.

All welcome to this free event – please pass this invitation on to friends and neighbours and help to make it a success. We look forward to seeing you

Read on for more information about Ruth Barker...

About the artist: Ruth Barker is a text-based artist based in Glasgow, whose practice involves performance, drawing, and work in the public realm. Some of her work is more public than others. Her practice explores the role of the artist in contemporary society, asking questions of mortality and language through the structures of poetry, myth, and markmaking.

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Big Things on the Beach is a public art trust in Portobello, a seaside suburb close to the city centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was formed by a group of residents in 2003 to explore the potential of the seafront as a site for engagement with public artworks by both emerging and established artists.

Since 2004 we have commissioned artists to create substantial temporary artworks, trained ourselves and others in the process of commissioning public artworks through international site visits and guest lectures and successfully raised funding to these ends.

Our current project - The Big Welcome - is supported by Creative Scotland, Portobello & Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership and Edinburgh City Libraries